We wanted to make you aware that, although most are coming together to support each other in these difficult times, there are a few that are looking to take advantage of the situation.
We have been made aware of some quite convincing schemes coming through pretending to be from trusted sources such as your bank, the council and HMRC.
An example being, that criminals have been phoning businesses pretending to be the local authority calling regarding rates holidays and grants and asking for bank details.
Please remember that your bank, the council nor HMRC would request for you to transfer funds or ask for your bank details to transfer funds via an email.
The National Crime Agency has a very good 3 steps, they suggest:
STOP: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud
We include a link below to the NCA website which includes some very useful information.
If you have received correspondence from HMRC and are unsure whether it is legitimate please get in touch and we can check this for you.